New York Chapter

EPIP New York provides programming and leadership opportunities for new and seasoned professionals working in the New York metropolitan area. Committed to contributing to a multigenerational and effective field of philanthropy that supports social change, EPIP NY works to respond to the needs of its membership through content-based and networking events.

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EPIP NYC Steering Committee

Gabby Dizon, Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors [Co-Chair]
Nichole Martini, Martini-Agostino Associates [Co-Chair]

Liz Alsina, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Juan Sebastian Arias, Living Cities, Inc.
Ashley Bowden, Cool Culture
Laura Cantekin, Surdna Foundation
Betsy Edasery, TCC Group
Sadia Kalam, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation [Treasurer]
Alexis King, Open Society Foundations
Serwah Kufuor, Educational Alliance
Katja Kurz, Cultural Vistas
Jaclyn Le, The Wallace Foundation
Sarah Martin, American Express Philanthropic Program
Kayla Ny, Confluence Philanthropy [Networking & Partnerships]
Shin Otake, Surdna Foundation
Stephanie Ramirez-Burnett, Open Society Foundations
Emerson Soto, Gbowee Peace Foundation, U.S.A.
Dustin Sposato, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors [Communications]
Rebecca Wisotsky, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Rachael Young, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation

  1. Event Recap and Podcast – Tapping the Crowd to Solve Social Inequity

    EPIP-NY Event: Tapping the Crowd to Solve Social Inequity January 22nd With generous support from the Surdna Foundation, our EPIP-NY chapter partnered with Housing Works Bookstore Cafe to host a fascinating panel discussion on crowdfunding for social change.  The distinguished panel explored a number of issues in the emerging field and left attendees with a deeper understanding of crowdfunding’s current...

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  2. No More Heroes? Philanthropy in a post-Madiba world

    By Nicole Rose Nieman, 2013 Emerging Leaders International Fellow, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, The Graduate Center, CUNY “What is the role of philanthropy in the 21st Century?”  A friend challenged me before I left my home country, South Africa, for a semester fellowship in New York City this past fall.  I came to this global epicenter of philanthropy for a...

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  3. Looking for a Way to Get More Involved in Your Community While Networking With Your Peers?

    Hey there Bay Area EPIPers, Here’s a cool opportunity that we wanted to share with you. Compass Family Services is embarking on its 100th anniversary of serving the San Francisco community.   Each year, it helps more than 3,000 homeless and low-income parents and children get back on their feet.  The Compass Leadership Council is an opportunity for emerging leaders in...

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  4. Beyond Dollars and Cents: Defining Policy in Culture

    This post originally appeared on World Policy Blog on May 21, 2013: By Nichole Martini and Alexis Ortiz Americans interested in cultural policy often lament the fact that the United States does not have an official national cultural policy.  Without a Ministry of Culture or other similar agency, there is minimal central direction for funding and policy decisions.  Because of...

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  5. Connecting with the Black Philanthropic Community

    This post is by Akira Barclay, EPIP member and former EPIP-NYC steering committee member. It was first featured on the Giving in LA blog. African-Americans have a rich history of philanthropy.  Giving 8.6% of their discretionary income to charity, Blacks give more than any other racial group in the United States. Still, tapping into the generosity of this group remains...

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